Earhart is no relation to the famous flyer, but has been inspired by her namesake, saying her a connection is “much stronger than a bloodline.”
“Not a day goes by that I am not asked if Amelia Earhart is my real name,” Earhart wrote on her website. “Each and every time I am asked, I’m honored to be able to say yes.”
The 31-year-old began her 24,300-nautical-mile journey from Oakland on Thursday, arriving to her first stop in Miami on Friday. The trip will include 17 planned stops along the way.
“We’re ready to go,” Earhart told NBC Thursday morning before she took off from Oakland, California. “I was destined to do this.”
— Amelia Earhart (@Amelia__Earhart) June 26, 2014
The modern-day Amelia received her name when her parents decided it would be a “cool opportunity” to name her after the adventurous aviator when they learned they were having a girl.
Ten years ago, Earhart started flying and she hasn’t stopped since. It was in high school that the young pilot formulated the plan to follow in her namesake’s footsteps and embark on the journey. However, things have changed in the past 75 years. She plans on live-streaming the entire journey and has her own hashtag, #flywithamelia.
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) June 27, 2014
Earhart thinks this journey will bring her even closer to her idol.
“By recreating and symbolically completing Amelia Mary Earhart’s flight around the world, I hope to develop an even deeper connection to my namesake and also encourage the world to pursure their own adventures,” said Earhart on her website. “Amelia believed that, ‘adventure is worthwhile in itself’ and it is that type of attitude that spurs us to seek the unknown, push our limits and fly outside the lines.”
Named The Amelia Project, the flight is likely to take a minimum of 17 days with at least 100 hours of flight time. Earhart — once the endeavor is complete — will be the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine aircraft.
— Amelia Earhart (@Amelia__Earhart) June 27, 2014
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